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Through the eyes of the Mahoning Valley’s homeless

January 6, 2013

Susan Jarvis, Maurice Moore, Mennow Hostetler Jr. and Bruce McGarrigle are among hundreds of people who are homeless in Trumbull and Mahoning counties....

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Jan-07-13 9:36 PM

hey aqualung...

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Jan-07-13 1:47 PM

Wow Usblues, why are you so concerned with Eddie's lifestyle? Oooooh, that's right, you are the same person who posted on the Trib at the turn of the new year. What else should I expect.

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Jan-07-13 12:39 PM

Downtown needs to put the "closed for business" sign up for these people.

No more. It has become a liability for the better people who work, live and own businesses downtown.

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Jan-07-13 12:38 PM

And once again let me say that if I find anymore dinners and food left by Warren Family Mission people on the picnic tables of the square, I will throw them away.

Bring these people to your homes and neighborhoods if you want to help them and they either can't find the mission or there is no room for them.

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Jan-07-13 11:47 AM

I ofter see some of the homeless and feel for them. I have volunteered at the mission and Salvation Army for years. I personally believe it could happen to any of us in the blink of an eye. I don't give individuals money any longer. Hungary, I'll buy a meal, cold, I'll give a coat, etc... It's just is so sad.

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Jan-07-13 8:21 AM

"Yeah right! What ya donate?" <----Useblues. Well, I understand people in need and crisis. Unlike wealthy scrooges donating money to the Romney campaign (which totally backfired and didn't benefit ONE thing for humanity). I rather see someone without a jacket wearing one, I would love to see a person who didn't have clothes wearing some. While I donate MY valuables to others in need, you rather donate your time stalking bloggers on new year's eve. Take care.

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Jan-07-13 8:17 AM

I do usblues, he's a very nice person. He's also a friend of mine on facebook. I've known his spouse since high school. They are very friendly people. Thanks for asking.

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Jan-06-13 10:33 PM

Sure, I'm for helping the poor. Mostly.

I'm not for letting your entire downtown be full of low-income high rises and shelters.

This is what happens when a dance instructor runs your Community Development Office and an accountant runs your redevelopment non-profit.

No plan and the void is filled by this garbage.

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Jan-06-13 10:30 PM

Wow! Alcohol and drug abuse can cause someone to become homeless. Thanks, Trib!

This is what having the mission and the Christy House in downtown attracts into the core of the city. The mentally ill, drunks, druggies and the entirely useless.

Hey, Trib, follow up with stories of what happens with this mission throws people out and watch as they then stick around Warren, polluting downtown and living in the park.

And while these "good people" are helping the totaly useless, we have WRAP helping attract the mostly-useless, quoted in this paper as being involved with the YWCA "apartments" (living for poor, "at-risk" women) and adding MORE apartments to the Warner House.

Yeah, downtown Warren: Coming back in a big way!

Scrap WRAP and Fail the Mission. My slogans for the next year.

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Jan-06-13 10:20 PM

Another vanilla leech looking for a govt. handout. right teabaggers.

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Jan-06-13 10:16 PM

Get a job parasite,i thought it was only peolple of color that was part of the 47% ...LOL

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Jan-06-13 9:08 PM

This is a really humane, interesting story and I wish the Tribune would run more like it. After Woodside shutdown in 1999 many mentally ill people were released from it- into the streets. Some of the people in this article aren't mentally ill but their story is similar in that they were cast out into the world with no relief to assist them.

I hope they find the care and protection they deserve. No one deserves to live on the street or be homeless.

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Jan-06-13 6:57 PM

Nobody knows what could happen that could make them homeless. There are no guarantees. The Warren Family Mission does a lot to help peoPle.

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Jan-06-13 3:21 PM

My heart always goes out to the homeless. I donated a lot to the Warren Family Mission.

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Jan-06-13 3:00 PM

"There ,but for the grace of GOD,go I"

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Jan-06-13 2:52 PM

WOW....what judgmental people some of you are! If you've ever had an addiction they are not easy to conquer.Especially if you have no good support system. Many mentally ill people self-medicate also. Nobody grows up and says "I can't wait to become a drug addict/alcoholic." In regards to the unemployed, these company's don't want to pay squat for a family to live on. I've been looking since March 2011 and unemployment is going to run out. I could lose my house also. I feel for these people. The homeless problem didn't start with Obama either...

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Jan-06-13 2:09 PM

So true Artic, but since we have to live among the later (those with addictions) we also need a way to deal with them and their issues.

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Jan-06-13 1:36 PM

I do agree nomore. I may sound uncaring, but as I said. For those who are in a bad way, sure extend our hands to help. But as the devils advocate. I have seen those who will take help, then walk right to the liquor store, or local crack dealer. Those folks do need help, but they also need to help themselves. They need to accept charity in the manner it is meant, as help, not a way to continue habits that have led them to be where they are.

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Jan-06-13 1:00 PM

These are the dumbest comments I've ever read. The absolute dumbest.

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Jan-06-13 12:58 PM

These are the stories of many Americans who for whatever reason find themselves in need. True humanitarianism is to feel for & assist these poor souls when possible. Not point out their faults or how they contribute to their own homelessness. Knowing these tragedies are real is the reason I never deny a man the right to make a living. We can all learn a lesson in humility by reading stories of this type. For the decent among us, it should motivate charity & empathy. For the rest of you I suppose an opportunity to blame politics or some other "told you so" speech designed to justify indifference...

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Jan-06-13 12:12 PM

A 67 year old Navy veteran is eligible for a V.A. supplemental pension of about $1000 a month . . . if he was anything but dis-honorably discharged.

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Jan-06-13 11:28 AM

oldman00 You are very correct. Which is why I am cynical at times towards the supposed homeless. I have seen these folks in almost every major city in the USA. At times, yes, they are victims. But many times, they are aggresive. I do have sympathy for the person who is on the streets for reasons beyond thier control, but, MANY of these folks are there for reasons they CAN control.

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Jan-06-13 10:47 AM

"There ,but for the grace of GOD,go I"

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Jan-06-13 10:41 AM

you think thats bad ,you should see san francisco.Very aggressive pan handlers,to the point they won't let you pass.tell them ,get a job,and you get attacked.

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Jan-06-13 10:33 AM

I pray for all the homeless and hungry

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